These images were taken at the Birmingham Black Lives Matter protest and march in Birmingham City Centre on Thursday 4th June 2020. If these photographs feature you, your family or your friends, please feel free to use them on your personal social media channels – simply tag me @stephaniegarstin for photo credit. For press and media, please get in touch before using these images.
As a portrait photographer and documentary filmmaker, the physical distancing measures brought in as a result of the current coronavirus outbreak have meant I can’t work. It’s a frustrating situation, as I had weddings booked in and a whole programme of documentary filmmaking to look forward to this spring and summer, and it’s all had to be postponed. I was also planning on starting to offer more portrait photography sessions to local creatives in the Birmingham and West Midlands but those plans, too, are now on hold indefinitely.
A few photos of Nathan Gray of BoySetsFire performing his solo work at the Courtyard Theatre in London on February 26th 2020. After a full band tour in Germany to celebrate the launch of his new record Working Title, Nathan came over to the UK and performed a stripped back, acoustic set with Ben Christo.
I’m a big fan of Nathan’s work, and I’m so glad Ed and I made the effort to go down to London mid-week to catch him play live.
Today I’m sharing a selection of photos I created for Johnny and Hannah, the creative team behind brand consultancy Ginners. We met up at Yorks Cafe in central Birmingham back in early August and I captured some natural, relaxed portrait photographs while they collaborated on a new branding project together.
I’m a portrait photographer and documentary filmmaker based in Birmingham. If you’d like to collaborate on a film or photography project of your own, do get in touch, I’d love to hear from you.
Today I’m sharing my favourites from Jonny and Sophie’s wedding at Minterne House in Dorset. Minterne House is a really special wedding venue as the owners only host a small number of weddings and events each year as the house remains very much a family home. Minterne House and Garden is such a beautiful place to hold a wedding and the grounds made me giddy with excitement for all of the options we had for photos. Inside, guests have the run of a few rooms including a quiet room away from the dance floor to sit and chat. Jonny and Sophie struck gold with the weather on their wedding day as it was more like June than mid-September which was lovely as their guests could spill out onto the lawn well into the evening.
Katie and James got married at the start of August in the Surrey Hills village where Katie grew up. Having booked Kat Hill as their wedding photographer, Katie and James decided that they’d like to have wedding videography too and Kat recommended me having shot a wedding side by side in Cambridge a couple of years back. Thanks Kat!
Lily and Jake got married at the end of July at St Michael’s Church in Cropthorne, Worcestershire, and they held their reception at Springhill Barn in Fladbury. As a Birmingham wedding photographer and wedding filmmaker, I film and photograph weddings across the Midlands as well as further afield around the UK. To find out more about having me film or photograph your wedding for you, get in touch.
For the past three or four months I have been working on a documentary about marathon runner Hayley Carruthers. I’ve been tagging along to training sessions down at the track, local races in Tipton and at the University of Birmingham, and to her big events as well. This season’s key diary dates have included Highgate 10,000m at the start of July and the 5000m at the British Championships at Alexander Stadium this weekend gone.
Sadly a few clashes in my diary with weddings have meant I’ve also missed a few key races including the English Championships at Milton Keynes at the end of July, but thankfully I was able to be there on Sunday for the British Championships and to get media accreditation in time to have proper access. Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to film anything inside the stadium as the BBC were present, but through photographs I documented Hayley’s race and a few other events taking place throughout the afternoon.
Tim and Ellie chose to get married at Coddington Vineyard in mid-October. Coddington Vineyard is a working vineyard and a new to the scene wedding and events venue tucked away in the Malverns on the Worcestershire and Herefordshire border. The vineyard and beautiful gardens create a perfect backdrop for either a lakeside ceremony or outdoor drinks reception. For the evening meal and dancing, there’s a barn with many original features and space to set up a marquee or tent too.